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Access to nature reduces depression and obesity, finds European study

Trees and green spaces are unrecognized healers offering benefits from increases in mental wellbeing to allergy reductions, says report. People living close to trees and green spaces are less likely to be obese, inactive, or dependent on anti-depressants, according to a new report. Middle-aged Scottish men with homes in deprived but verdant areas were found to […]

Pollution responsible for quarter of deaths of young children, says WHO

Toxic air, unsafe water and and lack of sanitation cause the deaths of 1.7 million under-fives every year. Pollution is responsible for one in four deaths among all children under five, according to new World Health Organisation reports, with toxic air, unsafe water, and and lack of sanitation the leading causes. The reports found polluted environments cause the […]

Green buildings make you work smarter and sleep sounder, study reveals

People working in green buildings think better in the office and sleep better when they get home, a new study has revealed. The research indicates that better ventilation, lighting and heat control improves workers’ performance and could boost their productivity by thousands of dollars a year. It also suggests that more subjective aspects, such as […]

4 more likely homegrown Zika cases found in Texas

State officials have announced four more cases of Zika that are believed to have been transmitted in Texas, almost two weeks after announcing the first such case. That first case, announced Nov. 28, was a woman who lives in Brownsville, a town located on the Mexico border. The Texas Department of State Health Services said […]

Here’s What Placebos Can Heal—And What They Can’t

Illness is best cured with drugs. That assumption has prevailed since pharmaceuticals became widely available. But in recent years there has been a growing interest in alternative medicines, many of which employ mental or spiritual powers to heal the body. Now research into the biochemistry of placebos is showing that these remedies are not as […]

Scientists breach brain barrier to treat sick patient

For the first time, doctors have breached the human brain’s protective layer to deliver cancer-fighting drugs.  The Canadian team used tiny gas-filled bubbles, injected into the bloodstream of a patient, to punch temporary holes in the blood-brain barrier. A beam of focused ultrasound waves applied to the skull made the bubbles vibrate and push their […]

Winter Vegetables are Helpful

Using in-season vegetables to lose weight works all year round. Slimming down after having my sons took some work, but I had the season on my side. Both of their birthdays are in May, so summer’s glorious bounty of vegetables made losing weight seem relatively simple: I’d pick whatever veggies looked fresh at the market […]

Screening and early detection to prevent cancer

Prevention is better than cure. For cancer management, prevention has a very significant role. Much before early detection of cancer, cancerous cells spread very fast. It is important to know that nearly all cancers of the lung, bladder, mouth and skin could be prevented. 50-75% of cancer mortality is related to personal behavior or habit. […]

Arsenic found in many US red wines

A new University of Washington study that tested 65 wines from America’s top four wine-producing states — California, Washington, New York and Oregon — found all but one have arsenic levels that exceed what’s allowed in drinking water. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency allows drinking water to contain no more than 10 parts per billion of arsenic. […]

Nobel winner Youyou combed ancient texts for cure

In the turmoil of China’s Cultural Revolution, scientist Tu Youyou joined a covert mission to find a cure for malaria. “Project 523,” was set up in 1967 by Chairman Mao Zedong, who wanted to help Communist troops fighting in the mosquito-ridden jungles of Vietnam, where they were losing more soldiers to malaria than bullets. “We […]

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